49ers placing Joe Williams on IR

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The 49ers will place rookie running back Joe Williams on injured reserve, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Media.

The fourth-round pick injured his ankle in the preseason finale Thursday night when he played 26 snaps against the Chargers. He rushed for 53 yards on 10 carries, caught two passes for 2 yards and lost a fumble.

In four exhibition games, Williams ran for 130 yards on 20 carries, as undrafted rookie Matt Breida passed him on the depth chart.

Reserve running back Raheem Mostert has made the team, at least for now, according to a tweet from his agent. But the 49ers likely keep an eye on running backs released today for depth behind Carlos Hyde, having released Tim Hightower and Kapri Bibbs on Friday.

2 responses to “49ers placing Joe Williams on IR

  1. Joe Williams ankle injury was not so serious that he needed to be put on the IR for the year – they are obviously taking advantage of the system (as they are allowed to) and making sure there is an extra roster spot for someone who earned it. The 49ers truly allowed guys to come into camp and compete for jobs and they are keeping the guys that showed the most in camp. With cuts to Ahmad Brooks, DIal, Kerley, Hightower, IR’ing Joe Williams (who Shanahan loved going into the draft), and trading away McDonald, no preferential treatment was given to guys because the team “coveted” them or because there was a financial commitment to them. I love what John Lynch is doing – it’s a really good start for a new regime.

  2. Agree with the previous poster regarding the Niners GM Lynch. It’s going to be an interesting ride to see where this goes in a couple of years. JWilliams looked good but the injury bug hit him at the worst time. Maybe he’ll come back later on when some other rb gets injured.

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